Sunday Concert Series
Utah Valley Handbell Choir
The Utah Valley Handbell Choir is returning to the Springville Art Museum for what has become a beloved annual Christmas event. Sponsored by the Springville Arts Commission, two concerts will be held on Sunday, December 14. The first concert is at 3:30 and the second concert is at 4:45 in the afternoon. The concerts are free to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Springville Museum of Art during regular museum hours starting Saturday, November 29, 2014.
The Utah Valley Handbell Choir was formed in 1993. The choir consists of 56 bells, cast in bronze or aluminum, and each tuned to a single note. Choir members volunteer their time, and starting in September meet for two hours each week to prepare for the Christmas concert season. One of the choir’s purposes is to educate audiences about handbells. The director, Karen Eskew-Wyllie, encourages questions and often includes audience participation in their concerts.
On January 18, 2015 in the Museum at 4:30 p.m. the Graduate Vocal Quartet, one of the premiere voice ensembles at the University of Utah, will perform. Founded in the fall of 2011, the ensemble is comprised of four Doctoral Graduate Students in Voice who are accompanied by an accomplished pianist. Their repertoire ranges from Opera to Musical Theater, Classic Standards, and even Jazz.
Originally from Chicago, mezzo soprano Gretchen Windt has performed throughout the country. She was an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, Utah Symphony & Opera, and the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song Festival in Illinois.
Tenor David Sauer has been heard in productions with Utah Opera, Utah Lyric Opera, Utah Festival Opera, The Salt Lake Symphony, U of U Lyric Opera Ensemble, Ballet West and The Utah Chamber Orchestra. David was a Rocky Mountain Region finalist and Utah District winner in the 2013-14 MET Auditions. He holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and BYU.
Daniel Tuutau, Baritone, is originally from Los Angeles, California. He holds BA and MM degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He currently studies at the University of Utah pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance.
Jed Moss, as a collaborative pianist, has performed with musicians from the nation’s top orchestras, including the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics. From 1995-2009, Moss was the keyboardist and backup vocalist for the international touring group Air Supply.